CURA, Inc. was founded in 1969 in the East Bay Area of California, in the predominantly Latino Decoto area of Union City. The creators of CURA were recovering heroin addicts who wanted to make a difference in their community. CURA is an acronym for Canales Unidos Reformando Adictos that translates from Spanish to Brothers United to Reform Addicts. Since the has program evolved to treat both men and women, the word “Brothers” was replaced with “Partners” but the rehab still operates as CURA, Inc. Today, the facility located in Fremont, California provides inpatient, sober living and outpatient substance abuse services.
Accommodations and Food
CURA’s 51-bed residential treatment facility accommodates 12 women and 39 men. In the men’s section, each dorm-like room is furnished with bunk beds and houses up to nine residents. Women are housed in a separate wing which features double rooms with private bathrooms. Residents participate in prepping and cooking their own meals and some special dietary needs can be accommodated. Men and women come together in the dining hall at mealtimes.
The CURA sober living facility is a Victorian-style house in Oakland that has a 34-bed capacity and accommodates men ages 18 and older.
Treatment and Staff
Potential clients must have already gone through detox or have three days of abstinence prior to entering the program. Those who need detox services will be provided referrals. Residents are initially assessed over the phone and upon admittance, receive a complete physical and psychological assessment. Those in need of medication for co-occurring disorders are usually referred to another facility as medication management is not offered.
CURA utilizes the behavior modification treatment method, with an emphasis on the 12 steps and peer support and the average length of stay typically lasts between six months and a year. There is a lock down period for the first 30 days that includes no incoming or outgoing phone calls. After 30 days, residents receive limited pay phone privileges. Cell phones and computers are forbidden. After 90 days, residents can be granted passes for supervised outings (including off-site AA/NA meetings and home visits), averaging between two and four hours long. All clients are subject to random drug screenings.
Weekly treatment includes two daily group sessions, one daily individual session and mandatory attendance at 12-step meetings on the premises. Local volunteers also bring AA and NA meetings to the rehab several times a month. Group topics include anger management, relapse prevention, life skills, emotional triggers and working on character defects. There are two gender-specific groups conducted weekly for men and for women.
The outpatient program offers individualized combos of group therapy, individual therapy and local 12 step recovery support group referrals. The average length of outpatient is three months and it can be used as a step down for clients who have graduated from the residential program.
Staff includes office staff, rehab techs, house managers, LADCs and a graphic design consultant (for the mask-making humanities seminar).
While there is a sober living house for men, women are provided referrals for local subsidized housing. Aftercare includes two hours of weekly group therapy at the rehab’s Fremont outpatient facility.
Humanities seminars provide music therapy, art therapy (mask-making) and poetry writing. In the mask-making seminar, residents create masks and decorate them. Besides providing self-expression, clients learn a lot about their hidden emotions with this project.
Education and vocational support are major parts of the program. There is an on-site school that offers a state-certified high school completion/GED program. The CURA Work Projects, much like a job agency, helps residents obtain temporary employment in the local community. Job services include landscaping, moving, auto detailing, painting and office work. For example, as a work project residents renovated the CURA Oakland sober living home.
CURA considers itself an “end of the road” rehab, meaning that most clients who go there have tried other rehabs without much luck. While the going might get tough at CURA, the rehab works hard at helping residents learn to apply the 12 steps, build job skills and replace character defects with positive new behaviors to help them stay sober.
CURA, Inc. Administration
4510 Peralta Blvd. Suite 1
Fremont, California 94536
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